Divided and disarrayed

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 3/27/2021 12:42:47 PM IST

 As the BJP determinedly seeks to grab Bengal, the last major state holding on to east India; then steamroll over the union territory of Puducherry after tripping the besieged and helpless Narayanasamy-led Congress coalition where it had no MLA and brimming with confidence of winning over 100 seats in the 126-member Assam assembly to retain power; it seems there is no stopping the saffron juggernaut. India is at the crossroad of democracy where the ruling party’s prime minister and top leaders of the party are on perpetual election-mode and determined to extend a one-party rule across the nation. Laws are either being amended or ignored as the party in power, ruled by a one-man regime, aided by a succulent cabinet, a partisan executive, a pliant media and a friendly judiciary-is changing the entire polity of the nation. Democracy has become the means to an end while probing voices are stifled in the face of a clueless and growing irrelevant opposition. In such an environment, liberals and intellectuals continue to speak of the need for a united, strong, meaningful, committed, credible and responsible opposition in order to stop attempts to homogenise India. However, the space for opposition, presently occupied by the Congress fails to inspire as the grand old party is rudderless and leaderless to pick up the gauntlet. Across India, its spaces are consumed by regional and sub-regional forces, with no impact on the national character or say in the current autocratic policy-making processes. An uncontested and unchallenged ruling regime is escaping away with virtually every decision that creates fissures in the society and causes social and economic pain- from demonetization to flawed GST, to the new farm laws that have stirred the peasantry into protests all over. If lack of a dialogue and consensus marks the functionality of the Modi government, a complete collapse of deliberations within and outside plagues the Congress’ functionality at local, regional, state and national levels. The Congress is in dire need of a course correction but that is unlikely. The Indian National Congress of 2021 is anything but a political instrument of the masses or for the masses that it once was. At best, it’s a group of clueless leaders with little or no connect with the people of India or little or no connect with their own historic past. Worse, the Congress appears desperate to remain relevant that has led to having no formal position on anything. This is amplified by its contradictory stand vis-a-vis the Left. In the ongoing election in West Bengal, the Congress has allied with the Left but in Kerala, it is locked in a bitter fight against the ruling Left Front government. Again, in Kerala, NCP, an ally of the Congress in Maharashtra, is in alliance with the Left, while in Bengal, NCP is backing TMC. Even JMM, a coalition partner of Congress in Jharkhand, is campaigning for TMC in Bengal with another ally, the RJD. These developments clearly suggest that the opposition is deeply divided and opportunistic and this does not augur well for democracy. These should not make the BJP lose sleepless nights as it has nothing to fear, unless results of elections in five states determine otherwise.

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